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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I am so grateful for the readers who read and take part in this blog. You're all amazing. I'm so thankful for you. This is a great starting milestone, and I look forward to great things in the future!


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Dan said...

I know! Crazy!

Katey said...


I thought I would post a comment to your comment on my blog here...hope that's ok! Thanks for the info on the technical stuff. The girl that custom made my blogger layout looked into and we are trying a few things :) I don't use the typical blogger templates, so that makes it a little more difficult to try and fix!

With regards to transplant, i just wanted to say one thing! I never in a million years thought I would need a transplant. It really never ever crossed my mind. I thought there would be a cure by the time I would need one or if that ever happened. When I was Sam's age, i was a fairly healthy little girl. No hospital stays, just the basic meds and treatments. Lived a pretty normal life until about 10 years old.

The year where i got really sick: the last day of that hospital stay, my doctor sat down and told me and my mom I needed a transplant (or rather to consider it); that i wasn't going to be able to recover. My dr. was a great guy (and friend), and he didn't flat out say I would't recover at all, but felt that's what needed to be done. I always trusted him as a doctor. And he was right. But at that moment, I cried and cried. I denyed it...didn't even want to think about it. I went home, cried some more and just didn't like the idea. I always bounced back quickly from infections and assumed I would do the same this time. When the realization hit that I wasn't going to recover, was when I began to pray. And God gave me this awesome peace about the whole situation. And I knew then that is what I wanted to do. My parent's didn't force me or anything, they let me make that decision! And from that point forward, I bought some bible studies, some encouraging books that dealt with death and terminally ill people, chronically ill patients, etc. I became very devoted to spending time in the word and prayer. And I'm not saying I was never worried about the transplant or concerned. However, I was never scared. God gave me this peace, that I just can't explain. I was never worried/scared about dying or the surgery or anything. And that was the most awesome thing. He performed so many little miracles that year prior to transplant up to the very day of the transplant. He took my worries away, and even though some of the things (medically) that happened were not good for my body, they turned out to benefit me in a different way!

So...you may and probably will deny the fact at first that Samantha will never get to that stage; but just don't rule it out. It's worth it to just have a little background on transplant. Just so you aren't hit with it all of a sudden. And I pray...really pray, that she will stay healthy or there will be a cure if her health ever came to that stage!

Sorry..that was a little longer than I planned on. I hope you didn't mind I posted this and hope I didn't say anything that offended you anyway.

Rev. Mike said...

Hi Dan,

Thanks for visiting my blog! I had a Pastor jump into the conversation about baptism. He thought you did good and I agree. I also put some scripture references on the comment section as well. Check it out when you get a chance and keep up the great work.

Peace and Love,

Rev. Mike

Dan said...

Rev. Mike,
Thanks! I checked out the comments. I appreciate it!